Logan J. Kleinwaks
Dear Danzig Researchers,
I am delighted to announce that we are ready to begin fundraising for a
project to make available online genealogical information >from the Archives
of the Jewish Community of Danzig at the Central Archives for the History of
the Jewish People (CAHJP) in Jerusalem. This massive collection of
documents (about 2000 files, some consisting of hundreds of pages) was
shipped >from Danzig to Jerusalem in 1939, and was "the first major community
collection to be deposited in the Archives." The rich variety of
genealogical and historical information potentially contained in these
documents can be glimpsed through the CAHJP's online inventory of the
collection (see the link in the Resources section of our SIG website). This
is a rare legacy that our relatives have left us, and I hope you will help
to make it more accessible.
The fundraising beginning now is to cover the expenses of acquiring a copy
of a small part of the collection, which will be our first foray into this
apparently largely untapped (by genealogists) resource. Our target is only
$438, a small price to pay for re-opening the book closed on the Danzig
community more than 65 years ago. JewishGen, a non-profit organization, is
facilitating the processing of funds for this project, through our SIG's
On that page is a line for "CAHJP Project" -- donations made there will
go towards this project. Contributions are tax-deductible for U.S.
citizens, and there is a link on the above page that Canadians can use to
make tax-deductible contributions through the JGS Canada (Toronto).
I hope that you will give generously towards this project, according to your
means and interest in Danzig Jewish genealogy and history. Your
contributions are absolutely needed for the project to proceed, as we will
not go forward unless the target has been met. If, despite being a
subscriber to this mailing list, you determine that you do not want to or
cannot make a donation, please reconsider whether, instead of nothing, you
could at least give the minimum of $10. Please keep in mind that your
generous donations might help those with more limited financial means
benefit >from this material, too.
If you would like to discuss your donation, please contact me for additional
details about the project.
In the future, because of the great size and variety of the collection, in
order to work with other parts of it, we will need volunteers to visit CAHJP
in Jerusalem and do certain preparatory work there for us. If you are
interested, or know someone who might be, please contact me for details.
I hope you are as excited as I am about finally having the chance to examine
this amazing collection, which, for most of us, is very difficult, if not
practically impossible, to access. Let this mark the beginning of a
rediscovery of the Jewish Community of Danzig >from its own words.
Thanks very much for your support and best regards,
Coordinator, JewishGen Danzig/Gdansk SIG
near Washington, D.C.